A proposal for standardizing TSV files

Eike Rathke erack at redhat.com
Thu Nov 3 14:35:36 UTC 2016

Hi Piotr,

On Thursday, 2016-11-03 08:08:23 -0400, Piotr Mitros wrote:

> I do a fair bit of work where I move data between LibreOffice, MySQL,
> Vertica, Google Docs, Hadoop, Python, and a few other systems. The
> formatting of TSV files is ad-hoc. Each system has little differences in
> how strings are escaped, and similar. In addition, there is no way to
> preserve metadata.
> I drafted a modest proposed spec for standardizing TSV files by
> standardizing types, and adding metadata, and was hoping to solicit
> feedback on that proposal:
> http://www.tsvx.org/

It seems to me you're attempting to reinvent a wheel. I suggest you take
a look at https://www.w3.org/standards/techs/csv and maybe


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